by A.J. Cattapan


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Nanette's idea of escaping life backfires on her when she discovers she's a guardian angel, and the only way to earn her wings is to prevent young Vera from taking her own life.

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ISBN-13: 9781732134805
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 795,842
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Angelhood 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Angelhood by AJ Cattapan is a well-written and thought-provoking story about what happens when 17-year-old Nanette feels driven to end her own life. Feeling responsible for the death of her best friend, Ally, she hopes to find peace in the after life. But when she arrives there, she finds that rather than it being the end of her journey, it is the beginning of another. Helped by other Guardians/angels she is placed in charge of a girl called Vera. As an invisible Guardian, she must nudge Vera into finding solutions to her despair, begin to believe in her own talents, and not make the same mistake that she (Nanette) made. But there is a battle going on between light and dark. The dark shadows (caused by Vera’s and others’ negative thoughts and beliefs) can engulf them at any time. Will Nanette succeed at her challenge and so grow in grace and angel wings so that she can enter the next stage of the after life? This is a carefully plotted, intriguing, and imaginative story with strong, believable characters. The suspense builds, leaving the reader wanting to know that goodness will triumph over darkness. I like the way AJ Cattapan takes human emotions of despair and loneliness and weaves them into her story’s beautiful message that says we are never truly alone and that taking small steps will turn life around. Angelhood is more than just a truly entertaining story. It also offers encouragement and hope to anyone who feels that life has temporarily lost its color, and how color and happiness can always be rediscovered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book to read. AJ Cattapan covers a difficult topic with wonderful characters and a great plot. She gives young readers hope and perspective. This is a great book for all readers!
KathyAL2 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book!  It is so wonderful to see a new book that gives a positive message of hope to teens! 
AnOpenBookFamily More than 1 year ago
Angelhood offers important messages about hope and regret through the first-person account of 17-year-old Nanette, who, in the first chapter, puts a gun to her head and pulls the trigger. From there she embarks on her “angelhood.” Despite the name, the body-less souls, and the acquisition of wings, the period of “angelhood” bears more resemblance to purgatory than angelic life. In order to gain her own redemption, Nanette is assigned a charge whom she must prevent from making the same fatal mistake she did in taking her own life. Nanette shadows a friendless, angsty poet named Vera, whose mother has succumbed to breast cancer. Despite Nanette’s frustration with Vera’s anti-social, “loser” ways, she takes her task seriously and struggles to find means to influence Vera’s behavior and help her see the wonderful possibilities around her. Throughout the novel, Nanette and other angels, including her mentor of sorts, Warren, engage in spiritual warfare in defense of their charges and their own journey towards sainthood. Darkness and evil tempt and taunt, eager to draw souls to their eternal torment. Interspersed with the action are Nanette’s memories – both those leading up to her suicide and happy memories with her sister, mother, and fellow theater geeks. Not only does concentrating on positive memories help her to grown in grace, it also enables her to see clearly the rashness of her life-ending decision. While Nanette had seen death as an escape from her various troubles, she now realizes that not only has peace eluded, her but her absence has had profound effects on her family members as well. Her perspective matures and broadens, allowing her to see hope where in the past she felt despair and to recognize, in theater terms, that comedy and tragedy exist side by side. There are several twists, turns, and revelations along the way to maintain tension and keep the reader engaged. In the years following the suicide of a friend’s 15-year-old son (also by gun), I’ve become hypersensitive to its frequent portrayal in media. While its depiction here made me uncomfortable, the overriding, hopeful message integrated so seamlessly into Nanette’s memories and experiences convinced me of its valuable message for teens in particular, who think their life isn’t worth living and the world would be better off without them. I listened to Angelhood on audiobook, which opens me to distraction more than reading print does. It can also be a challenge to hear over the noise level and kid interruptions in my home. I did, however, enjoy the narration, which fit Nanette’s voice well.
LDWahl More than 1 year ago
Angelhood by AJ Cattapan is a captivating YA novel that tackles an extremely difficult subject while putting an intriguing and heartfelt twist to it. Cattapan is a talented writer who has effortlessly created a story about teen suicide which is moving, positive, and uplifting. This hard to put down book encourages readers to think about the good in their lives and how much they’d miss it if they did the unthinkable and gave it up. The lead character is completely relatable and likeable, as readers we empathize with the despair she feels in her life as well as the painful realization of the damage her decisions have on others. The novel’s intriguing premises and subplots are the perfect elements to generate great discussions. I only wish I had known someone else who had read it because I had so much I wanted to debate and talk about. This is a truly exceptional novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio book for Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan and found it to be a wonderful book that was expertly written by a very accomplished author. The book skillfully handled teenage suicide and brought attention to how growing up in this complicated world can be difficult for young adults. The teen characters were genuine and their struggles were authentic. As the main character grew into Angelhood she also blossomed into a young adult full of faith, hope, compassion and understanding. I recommend this book for any teen because it brings attention to the rarely discussed, but very important matter of suicide.
CTTexas More than 1 year ago
A captivating story, Angelhood shows teens how selfish actions have long-reaching consequences but small efforts can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others. Whatever your beliefs regarding angels are, this novel is definitely worth reading. Prepare to shed a few tears with its characters as well as share in their triumphs.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This is not my usual genre but I received a copy from the author for my opinion. So, I have read it and I found this YA novel is about a difficult dark subject. Suicide.... Interesting characters and a engaging story line that kept me wondering.. I thought it a sad, dark story but I was pleasantly surprised with the ending.. A.J. Cattapan covered the topic of suicide with a compassionate, powerful message that there is help and hope in seemingly hopeless situations.
ChristaG More than 1 year ago
Angelhood started off with a bang, and I mean that almost literally. Nanette, the main character, decided to end her life. What a depressing way to start a book! But I just couldn't put it down. Nanette becomes a guardian angel, and as she tried to take care of her charge, Vera, she also learns more about herself. We meet other guardian angels who help Nanette along the way. There are twists and turns that I didn't expect. This book is so unexpected and uplifting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story with developed characters. Religious message without being preachy. Definately good for the young adult crowd touching on themes and concerns relavant to their lives.
mbsteury More than 1 year ago
A.J. Cattapan's debut novel beautifully portrays the tragic yet hope-filled story of Nanette. With sensitivity and a hefty dose of reality, Cattapan weaves an intriguing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you long for Nanette to find peace and closure. Brimming with creativity and imagination, Nanette's journey will hold you breathless until the very end... then will render you speechless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angelhood is a unique, refreshing novel. Although it deals with a serious subject (suicide), there is much hope and redemption. Have you ever considered whether you have a guardian angel? This book explores what it’s like to be a guardian angel. Nanette is completely relatable, and you really want to see her succeed, but will she? The plot pulls you in and keeps you engaged throughout the entire story. Will Nanette earn her wings? Will she help Vera? What led to her own suicide? Can Nanette battle her own darkness in order to show Vera the light? Angelhood is a rare combination of a novel that is entertaining, uplifting and inspiring